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1 Johnny Winter Passes on Thu Jul 17, 2014 9:16 am

One of the great rock bluesmen. RIP Johnny !

http://time.com/3001352/johnny-winter-blues-texas-dead/



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2 Re: Johnny Winter Passes on Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:49 pm

Wow! In 2010 I was the stage director at a blues show
in San Francisco. Mr. Winter was one of many acts that
performed during the 5 day event. They even used one
of my drum sets (I'll never do THAT again).

Mr. Winter was quite frail even then. But he gave his all
during his performance. What I remember most about the
band is that they were EXTREMELY loud!

Though what he did on the musical front really wasn't my
cup of tea, he has surely left his mark and imprint there.

R.I.P., Mr. Winter.

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3 Re: Johnny Winter Passes on Thu Jul 17, 2014 7:12 pm

The most amazing guitarist. He also discovered Stevie Ray Vaughn in a Texas Roadhouse . He lasted a long time even with his albinism which is tough on people. The dude was a monster I've seen him do incredible feats of sheer magic with a guitar. Just poured his soul into every performance.

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4 Re: Johnny Winter Passes on Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:22 am

I think the records he made with Muddy Waters are the best blues records of all time, especially this one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDiTjBKhYuw

Sad that he passed when the new film about him was just released:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--Asd6Pq5gk

One of my favorite concert memories was his surprise appearance with Muddy Waters at Chicagofest, 1981. I was squished-up in the front and it was quite a rise.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXIkpj5BsDE

When Muddy died in 1983 I was in school in London for a semester. I had brought a cassette tape of my favorite blues record, the one posted above .  .  . somehow the tape broke one day, unraveled, and then later that day I heard Muddy passed.

A few weeks ago I discovered this amazing bootleg featuring Johnny, maybe at the top of his powers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcG4rNrbKQM

Albinism, btw, is a heavy-duty subject, especially in Africa where albinos are persecuted and killed. The great albino artist from Mali, Salif Keita does a lot to educate people.

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5 Re: Johnny Winter Passes on Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:11 pm

He really was the wonder on the
instrument. It just came naturally
to him.  Astounding.

RIP, Johnny.

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